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My blog posts are a bit like buses in Britain. You see none for ages and then all of a sudden several turn up at the same time. It's all down to finally having a little spare time over the Christmas holidays.

I've been trying to find time to get to grips with this excellent Robert Belfour tune for some ages. I love Robert Belfour's songs and his style so I've taken one of my favourites and murdered it in this video.

You can see that I'm trying to play my Smokehouse Guitars six string CBG along with my Farmer Footdrums and adding a few stabs on the harmonica here and there. Timing is a bit wobbly but I really enjoyed knocking this one out.

 

 

As promised - here is the second collection of bad photographs that I took at the recent Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival, hosted by those hard-working StumbleCol good-guys, Col and Tom.

Yellowbelly Flat provided some fine entertainment with some very cool instruments and fine bit of Polka...
Here's SlowPaw Steve T's cool kick drum -

SlowPaw Steve T's cool kickdrum.

Which he put to good use when he warmed up the afternoon...

Slowpaw Steve T.

 Then the mighty AboynamedStu shifted a whole load of earwax with a performance of seismic proportions...

aBoyNamedStu

Followed by the inimitable ChilliCoolKev providing some stonking, lowdown gravelly cigar box guitar blues...

ChilliCoolKev

 He was followed by another duo - this time a bass-player and cigarbox guitar player in the form of the awesome LeadfootT. Some incredible fretboard work from Fingers on Bass and Leadfoot's vocals were totally awesome...

 Then Brickdust delivered a fine solo performance, introducing a collection of outstanding new tunes and a demonstration of barefoot stomping...

 Next up it was the chance for us to enjoy the wonderful talent that is bemusic.  Making great use of a few cool pedals bemusic introduced a whole arsenal of home-made instruments including her mesmerising canjo...

 And then it was our privilege to enjoy some fine and proper delta blues delivered by the incredible Jeremiah Longshanks...

 And then it was my turn to deliver a few of my own compositions along with a handful of covers...

Then it was time for Britain's hardest working cigar box guitar outfit to do their thing. StumbleCol, dressed in their trademark black-and-white, really showed us all how it's done with a totally polished performance.

 The night was rounded off with a well organised jam session featuring Steve T., bemusic, Brickdust and ChilliCool Kev. A great way to round off a wonderful day in Cambridge. Here's hoping there is another next year (or sooner....)

Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival Jam Session

 

 

I love the creativity of the members over at Cigar Box Nation and one particular individual whose work I particularly admire is a chap who goes by the name of Delbarjo. He puts together some awesome tunes, expertly recorded and accompanied by some professional looking videos.

He's based in the coastal town of Anglet in southern France but you can check out his CBN page here: Delbarjo on Cigar Box Nation. Here are a few of my favourite tunes and videos that he has produced recently:

Without You Baby!!!!

Stop Breaking Down - Acoustic

Baby Please Don't Go

Creature of Mountain Blues

And he loves kittens....

Just a quick heads-up with a date for your diaries. On the 10th July myself and bunch of cigar box guitar players will be performing a few tunes at the Saracen's Head in Newton Abbot, Devon. It's happening between about 4p.m. and 8p.m. and there will be a barbecue and stuff to buy. It's already warming up to be an event that you will not want to miss...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzVEqqvM7CA

 

I bought this 5 string resonator guitar from Big Daddy Darren Dukes at Backporch Mojo back in early 2010. He used a mandolin resonator cone but when I added the heavy gauge strings that I like to use the cone just caved in. After doing this to 3 aluminium cones I decided to try something else. I obtained a brass cone from Mike Lowe on Cigar Box Nation. These cool resonator cones are now available from Smokehouse Guitars. This modification breathed a whole new lease of life into my Backporch Mojo five string.

Here she is in action: